Matthew – Fulfilled.
Our journeys in this life get dicey at times, don’t they? We search for peace and Truth in life storms that roll in chaos and damaging winds that change our being. Sometimes the storms are just a lot of noise to distract us from peace, joy, love, grace and mercy for each other and for ourselves. Sometimes the storms provide a cleansing so we can start over, being transformed by God, through His Holy Spirit living in us, because of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Our greatest question in this life was also asked of Pilate while court was in session, “What do I do with Jesus?” What a compelling question for our lives today. Who is Truth? Jesus. Who calms every storm? Jesus. Who is our rock that we cling to when the waters get too deep for us to swim? Jesus. Who transforms us, cleanses and forgives us completely of all sin? Jesus. But the crowds who praised him earlier when things were going well are now yelling “Nail him to a cross!” Do we do that?
What do we do with Jesus? Our own courts of judgments over Jesus still resides in our minds. Do we trust and obey, no matter what? OR do we nail him to a cross with our behavior when no one is looking…but God? Yes, what do we do with Jesus? Are with with him…or not? There is only two choices. Yes, or no.
Matthew 27, The Message
11 Jesus was placed before the governor, who questioned him: “Are you the ‘King of the Jews’?”
Jesus said, “If you say so.”
12-14 But when the accusations rained down hot and heavy from the high priests and religious leaders, he said nothing. Pilate asked him, “Do you hear that long list of accusations? Aren’t you going to say something?” Jesus kept silence—not a word from his mouth. The governor was impressed, really impressed.
15-18 It was an old custom during the Feast for the governor to pardon a single prisoner named by the crowd. At the time, they had the infamous Jesus Barabbas in prison. With the crowd before him, Pilate said, “Which prisoner do you want me to pardon: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus the so-called Christ?” He knew it was through sheer spite that they had turned Jesus over to him.
19 While court was still in session, Pilate’s wife sent him a message: “Don’t get mixed up in judging this noble man. I’ve just been through a long and troubled night because of a dream about him.”
20 Meanwhile, the high priests and religious leaders had talked the crowd into asking for the pardon of Barabbas and the execution of Jesus.
21 The governor asked, “Which of the two do you want me to pardon?”
They said, “Barabbas!”
22 “Then what do I do with Jesus, the so-called Christ?”
They all shouted, “Nail him to a cross!”
23 He objected, “But for what crime?”
But they yelled all the louder, “Nail him to a cross!”
24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere and that a riot was imminent, he took a basin of water and washed his hands in full sight of the crowd, saying, “I’m washing my hands of responsibility for this man’s death. From now on, it’s in your hands. You’re judge and jury.”
25 The crowd answered, “We’ll take the blame, we and our children after us.”
26 Then he pardoned Barabbas. But he had Jesus whipped, and then handed over for crucifixion.
Think about it…What do WE do with Jesus?
–Pilot washed his hands of making a decision…or so he thought, and many think that today. To make no decision concerning Christ to make a decision and that is no, I want no part of Him is the decision they make. There are only two choices. With Him or against Him.
–They way we love and treat others is tied directly to Jesus. When we hate and tear others down, we are nailing Jesus down once again to lift up ourselves in our minds.
–We love others BECAUSE HE first love us…while we were yet sinners in our own selfishness. If we don’t know Him, we don’t know what love is.
–Realizing the full extent and depth of Jesus’ love for us is in direct correlation to how much we love others. What do I do with Jesus’ love?
–Jesus prayed for his disciples (and disciples to come) in the garden before willingly (doing what the Father in Heaven willed) laying down His life for us. What do I do with Jesus? I pray to Him, in gratitude and praise. I pray for others who are hurting because He prayed for me.
–When we feel abandoned, are we really? Jesus told his disciples He would have to go away for awhile but He would provide a Comforter until He came back. What do I do with Jesus? I wait with hope and peace. I listen to the Holy Spirit, a part of God and Jesus Christ as I wait and work until He comes.
This list in inexhaustible! You can add your own. Please do. Meditate on this question for yourself…”What do I do with Jesus, the Christ?” Do I behave the way I say I believe?
Dear Heavenly Father, You have my attention. Jesus, you are the Son of God, the Way, Truth and Life of my soul. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for wisdom, course corrections, insight and understanding on this temporary journey here. Continue to do what you must to transform me into all you intended for me to be and to do. But, be gentle. Thank you!
In Jesus Name, Amen. I believe.